For more than 30 years, the technicians at West County Auto Body—who are certified by the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair—have specialized in full-service collision and body repair, from removing dents to restoring frames to factory specifications using a digital measurement system. Their shop is home to a computer paint-matching system and a downdraft paint booth, which they use to spray cars and any uncolorful drivers with even coats of Sikkens paint. There's also a team ready to handle glass and hail-damage repairs. In addition to its auto-body services, West County's team also boasts ASE-certified technicians who perform full-service mechanical repairs on all makes and models, including state-licensed vehicle inspections. Most jobs come backed by a lifetime warranty.
The presenters at the 2011 Hoodie Awards couldn’t hide their shock when, for the fourth year in a row, Showroom Shine Express Detailing took home the prize for Best Detail Shop, exclaiming, “They defend it every year!” The award was no surprise to the shop’s lengthy list of regulars, a loyal group that includes professional athletes, tons of locals, and the annual Ferrari calendar’s racy centerfold car. The staff sends rides from its lot to gleam in the sunshine, or it deploys its mobile detailing team to you. The meticulous detailing packages cover cars and SUVs from bottom to top as the team members scrub tires, shampoo carpets, wipe consoles, and wash and wax exteriors. They can also tint windows, repair windshields, and clear out foggy headlights.
With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Tire & Auto has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
Royal Gate Dodge introduces drivers to gleaming stables of new and used Chryslers, Dodges, Jeeps, and Rams in Ellisville and Columbia, Illinois. Certified specialists stand ready at both dealerships to fix what ails a sluggish Dodge Avenger or to help a Jeep Patriot Sport remember the preamble to the Constitution. Car owners can drop off their injured autos six days a week at either service center—both are open six days a week, but the Ellisville shop closes later (11 p.m. Monday through Friday). The technicians in Ellisville also provide collision-repair services in a 14,000-square-foot facility equipped with computerized estimating systems, digital imaging, and year-round climate control.
Backed by a decade of dedicated tradition, the ASE Certified technicians at Midtown Tire & Auto extend a full compliment of services designed to smoothen out rides and lengthen the lives of all visiting vehicles. During the standard oil change, Midtown's certified mechanics replace old, worn-out oil with fresh-faced young fluid, straight from lubricant college and To help new oil adjust to its new job of safeguarding precious moving parts, a fresh oil filter is included. Technicians then rotate tires to ensure even wear and perform a comprehensive winter inspection of more than 20 key points. Brake pads, rotors, visible brake lines, battery, starter, and alternator are all checked, kicking safety and performance concerns out to the curb, where the worried worms wallow.
Since 1988, Auto Care Super Saver has been helping car owners save cash with maintenance punch cards redeemable at local auto shops throughout the course of a full year. These cards come loaded with all kinds of prepaid services, including at least three full-service oil changes with up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a new filter. Depending on the location, punch cards may also feature tire rotations, brake inspections, engine-light readings, air-conditioning performance tests, and other repairs and inspections essential to a car's well-being. Customers can transfer the punch card's benefits to any ride, ranging from station wagons to sports cars to feral merry-go-round mounts.
At Skyview Carwash, robotic washers and old-fashioned elbow grease collide to restore cars to a showroom shine. Vehicles zip through the sudsy tunnel for a thorough exterior wash and rinse, including spritzes of Blue Coral undersealant and triple coat and helpings of Rain-X protectant. Once exteriors are clean and shiny, car-wash attendants groom interiors by vacuuming up dirt, clearing smudges from windows, and donating old pine-tree air fresheners to the deprived lumberjacks of the world.
With more than 28 years of experience, Columbia Auto Repair owner Chuck Halpern lives by a simple mantra: get the job done right—the first time. His team of ASE-certified technicians keeps this in mind whenever they change oil, adjust brakes, or rebuild transmissions for all makes and models. Technicians also collaborate to cure errant alignment issues, de-bug difficult electronics, and perform state inspections to fend off the fine for noncompliance: one really gross wet willy.
Auto Spa Etc. hosts a talented crew with a knack for freeing vehicles of filth and grime, using elevated water pressure to de-soil street steeds during a full-service wash and dry topped off with Rain-X surface protectant. The touchless car wash and gas station at Auto Spa Etc. also team up with expert technicians to retool vehicles with meticulous detailing and maintenance services.
Speedemissions' technicians are actively rooting for all cars to pass and are invested in administering tests with integrity. Founded in 2001, they employ their 14 years of experience in vehicle emission testing at more than a dozen locations in the Atlanta area alone.
For six decades, Lou Fusz’s savvy mechanicals have revived ailing autos with fresh fluids, tire care, and safety inspections that keep all components running at the same speed. Technicians rehydrate thirsty engines with a full dose of oil and lube (a $30 value). A new filter inoculates cars against oil-borne contaminants and other vehicular viruses, while windshields wipe their brows in relief with newly installed blades (a $34 value). After a team of trusty wheel-wranglers rotates tires to balance tread wear (a $15 value), a thorough safety check scrutinizes two dozen essential elements for signs of trouble, such as cracked casings or failed emissions tests stuffed into the undercarriage.
If your shady parking spot rests beneath bird-filled trees or someone has scrawled carpetbagger into the layer of grime on your car window, Complete Auto Wash and Wax can give your vehicle its original off-the-lot shine. With today's Groupon, $50 will get you three complete interior and exterior washes (a $15 value each) and one wash and wax (normally $65), for a $110 combined value. Buy multiple Groupons for perpetual shine and a better sense of humor. This deal isn't just great for sprucing up your own car: it also makes the perfect passive-aggressive gift for your dirty carpool driver. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Today's Groupon gets you a thorough interior and exterior standard detailing for $60 at Classic Car Studio (a $150 value). Classic Car Studio specializes in European luxury cars and impeccably restored American classics, so they know how to pamper your collectable Ford Taurus with the tender care most people reserve for friends, pets, and lonely mailmen. Please note: Your Groupon is for cars; extra charges for SUVs and vans will apply.Just then, Blondie Mondell came out of the bowling alley with a cotton-candy-pink sweater and an armload full of school homework. She was also late for singing practice. She gave him a once over, like the trouble he was.
Frank Leta Auto Group's professional auto menders keep engines purring and exteriors sparkling with detailing and maintenance packages. During the 20-minute preferred detail, technicians wash down fusty frames and restore tires to their factory-fresh sheen. As cloths wipe-down interior surfaces and windows, vacuums explore nooks and crannies for dust bunnies and raccoons made of old fast-food wrappers. The maintenance package kicks-off as mechanics convince engines to trade-in soiled oil for a fresh batch of lubricant. Staffers then run through a 40-point inspection and rotate tires to help autos' insides run as smoothly as their tires roll. The 45-minute package also features a complimentary executive car wash, which rejuvenates exteriors sullied from regular commutes or irregular commutes through paintball arenas.
Additional charges may apply for oversize vehicles such as SUVs and trucks and for excessively dirty vehicles.